Tag: Criminal Justice

Targeting Those with Mental Illness Will Not Prevent Mass Shootings

I’ll wager that most readers will find Tyler’s feelings and beliefs frightening and disturbing. Yet there is a very good chance that, examined clinically, Tyler would not be diagnosed with a mental illness. It’s also obvious that Tyler is not a model of mental health. On the contrary, he is what many psychiatrists would call […]

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The Climate Disaster Inside America’s Prisons

Global warming far and away is the most pressing issue facing the United States (and the rest of the planet). The fast-approaching climate reckoning is bigger than the presidential election, bigger than our imperialist forever wars, bigger even than the virulent fascist threat that’s taken root in the White House and spread its tendrils across […]

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‘All You Can Do Is Take Care of Your End’

Imagine that at the age of 28, you’re told you are going to spend the rest of your life in prison with no chance of release. What would you do with all that time? There’s no shame in admitting you’d want to throw in the towel. It’s a rational reaction to a hopeless situation: Why […]

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Kamala Harris Gets Slightly Less Tough on Crime

In this Democratic primary, it can be difficult to distinguish between the candidates’ various criminal justice reform proposals—but at least they have them. Finally, maybe, Democratic presidential candidates no longer need to signal their “tough on crime” stance. They can propose that some criminal laws should be scrapped. They can commit to reducing the number […]

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The Democrats’ Shameful Legacy on Crime

A week before he swept the South on Super Tuesday in 1992, Bill Clinton held an event in Stone Mountain, Georgia, the site of the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan in 1915. His campaign had gathered dozens of mostly black inmates for a photo op in the courtyard of the Stone Mountain Correctional Institution, […]

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What Christine Blasey Ford Said

It has only been one year since Christine Blasey Ford appeared on Capitol Hill and for a time was the focal point of national attention, as one of the newly visible faces of the #MeToo movement. But just weeks before that, Ford couldn’t get a Washington Post reporter to call her back on her tip […]

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Kamala Harris Releases Criminal Justice Reform Plan to Address Police Brutality, Mass Incarceration, the Drug War

Photo: Scott Eisen (Getty Images) Kamala Harris has a lot of plans. Every other week the California senator introduces a proposal that would end climate change (with a trillion dollars,) create Medicare-for-all (without pushing out private insurers) and fund black businesses (while ensuring that the local Jamaican restaurant never runs out of oxtails). And on […]

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Trump Insults Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, and They Fire Back

President Trump called the model Chrissy Teigen “filthy mouthed” and the musician John Legend “boring” in tweets on Sunday night that trumpeted the president’s achievements in criminal justice reform, prompting them to fire back. Mr. Legend called on the first lady to intervene, and Ms. Teigen used vulgarities. The couple, who are married, are both […]

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Trump Comes for John Legend and ‘Filthy Mouthed Wife’ Chrissy Teigen on Twitter; Ends Up With a New Nickname We Can All Agree On

Photo: Photo by Presley Ann (Getty Images for Hulu) I think it goes without saying that there’s a lot of bad shit happening in the world right now: the Bahamas and the Carolinas continue to recover from the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Dorian, yet another reminder of the coming climate apocalypse; mass shootings are a […]

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Kamala Harris, Confronting Critics, Releases a Criminal Justice Plan

Senator Kamala Harris of California is releasing a sweeping proposal on Monday to overhaul the criminal justice system, vowing to end mass incarceration and revamp police practices through a progressive wish list of policies, including some ideas Ms. Harris previously rejected during her years as a district attorney and state attorney general. For months, Democratic […]

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4 Jails in 5 Boroughs: The $8.7 Billion Puzzle Over How to Close Rikers

The governor, the mayor and criminal justice advocates all agree that the Rikers Island jail complex, one of the country’s largest urban prisons, is irretrievably broken, with a long history of violence and abuse against a largely minority inmate population. But while elected leaders in New York have pledged to close Rikers, a plan embraced […]

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When the State Enforces “Straight Pride”

The few hundred marchers and supporters who turned out for the Straight Pride Parade in Boston on Saturday were vastly outnumbered by thousands of counter-protesters—that was the main takeaway from the major media outlets that covered the event. But the parade-goers were outnumbered by police, too, as hundreds of officers from throughout the Boston area—many […]

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Next Arena for Criminal Justice Reform: A Roof Over Their Heads

NEW ORLEANS — When Thad Tatum was released from a Louisiana prison after serving 28 years for armed robbery and the attempted murder of a police officer, he found his trials were far from over. Mr. Tatum, who has used a wheelchair since he was stabbed at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, has had to prove […]

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Ben & Jerry’s Takes on Criminal Justice Reform with New Flavor, Justice Remix’d

Photo: Courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s In a world in which the trappings of allyship have devolved into Instagram likes or tawdry photo ops, premium ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s has quietly ignored fanfare in favor of doing the actual work. It’s not uncommon to find posts admonishing the criminal justice system or systemic […]

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New Yorkers Should Thank Police for the Summer “Slowdown”

Just ahead of a beautiful August weekend in New York, NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan, the highest-ranking uniformed officer in the force, was dispatched to local TV outlet NY1 to contradict the head of the city’s police union. It would be the first weekend since Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner […]

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Meek Mill’s Criminal Case Ends With a Misdemeanor Guilty Plea

The Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill, who has become a symbol of criminal justice reform, as well as an outspoken advocate, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a misdemeanor gun charge stemming from a 2007 arrest, ending a legal saga that has sent him to prison multiple times during more than a decade of probation and appeals. […]

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In South Africa, a Call to Punish Rapists

In 2007, Thalitha Mukansi moved to Diepsloot, an informal township on the northern fringes of Johannesburg. She was a social worker who settled in the region because it was what she could afford, and she liked working with, and helping, victims of assault. But outside Ms. Mukansi’s window, assaults and rapes were common — sometimes […]

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Why the 2020 Criminal Justice Debate Is Completely Different

Marijuana would be decriminalized, mass incarceration would be reversed and the death penalty would be eliminated as part of sweeping changes that leading Democratic presidential candidates have proposed to make to the criminal justice system, which has become a dependable political foil for its inefficiency and excesses but has also proved resistant to change. Both […]

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The Danger of a Domestic Terrorism Law

Two words immediately came to mind after a white-nationalist gunman killed 22 people and wounded 24 others at an El Paso Walmart earlier this month: domestic terrorism. News organizations, elected officials from both parties, and the Justice Department described the massacre as an act of terrorism after the gunman’s ideological motives became clear. “We’re going […]

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